The rapper Prodigy, from the hip hop group Mobb Deep, died today at age 42 while on tour in Las Vegas, according to TMZ. Although his exact cause of death has not been confirmed, his publicist announced that Prodigy, whose reeal name is Albert Johnson, was hospitalized a few days ago for complications caused by sickle cell anemia. Here are some possible life-threatening complications caused by this blood condition.
“Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth,” Prodigy’s publicist said, The Independent reported. “The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”
Sickle - Cell - Disease - SCD - Group
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of hereditary red blood cell disorders. The disease gets its name from the half-moon “sickle” shape of the abnormal red blood cells, as compared to round healthy red blood cells. Sickle cell anemia is the most common and severe kind of SCD, The National Institute of Health reported.
With sickle cell anemia, there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. The blood cells are also rigid and misshaped which makes them less able to flow correctly through the veins. As a result, the cells can become stuck in blood vessels. This can cause extreme pain for sickle cell patients. The disease has no cure, and is caused by inheriting two abnormal red blood cell genes, one from both parents. Because of its genetic component, the disease is almost completely restricted to individuals of African descent.
Mayo - Clinic - Symptoms - Sickle - Cell
According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of sickle cell anemia can include lack of energy and fatigue caused by not getting...
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